PSL 2021 was suspended in March due to a coronavirus outbreak inside the teams’ bio-bubbles. PCB is now planning to organize the remaining 20 matches of the T20 tournament in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from next month.
Batting legend Javed Miandad has criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) attempt to resume the remainder of the PSL season which was suspended in March this year after several players and officials began testing positive for the coronavirus.
Miandad After PSL Plans To Resume Tournament: We Should Be More Focused On Saving Lives Rather Than Playing Cricket
Miandad strongly condemned the idea and urged the national board to scrap such plans. He also said that PCB should focus on saving lives in these difficult times rather than playing cricket.
Speaking to CricketPakistan, Miandad said, “This is not the time to play cricket, it’s time to save lives. In these times of crisis, we should be more focused on saving lives rather than playing cricket. The whole world has been affected by a coronavirus. India, where the World Cup was supposed to take place, is also severely affected by the epidemic.”
“They are risking the lives of several individuals for their own financial gains. If they hold this event and face problems, then who will be responsible?,” he added.
PCB was in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to seek permission from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to hold the remaining 20 matches of PSL 6 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from 1 June. PCB’s efforts suffered a blow on Monday with UAE puts bans on travellers from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh due to the Covid-19 crisis. The travel ban will come into effect from Wednesday (May 12).
IPL is also suspended indefinitely and BCCI is also planning to relocate the tournament to UAE or Uk but it doesn’t look like the tournament is going to be resumed anytime soon looking at the schedule the Indian team has ahead. The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) stands to lose more than Rs 2,000 crore as a result of the event’s postponement. President Sourav Ganguly has defended the decision to hold the event in the midst of a raging pandemic.